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Harvick makes it four wins in a row at Phoenix

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 7:04pm

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Harvick is redefining dominance at NASCAR’s highest level.

The defending NASCAR champion won his fourth consecutive race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday with yet another rout of the field. His 42 other competitors knew this was Harvick’s race to win, and he made it look easy.

Harvick has won five of the past six races at Phoenix and a record seven overall.

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Sister wants answers in fatal 2012 hit-and-run

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 5:23pm

 

As each year passes, Glennis Davis feels the death of her brother continues to be overlooked.

Adrian L. Gardenhire, 53, of Hephzibah, died July 14, 2012, after he was hit by a vehicle while walking in the 4300 block of Deans Bridge Road.

The vehicle left the scene, and a suspect has yet to be found.

“All I want is closure,” Davis said. “I want answers and I feel like I’m the only one who’s been looking for them. It’s frustrating because I know this wasn’t a normal hit-and-run.”

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Buster Boshears Jr. will be third member of aviation family inducted into hall of fame

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 3:48pm

The third member of the Boshears family – early champions of aviation in Augusta – will be inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame in April.

Willis M. “Buster” Boshears Jr. was selected for the hall of fame at the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Ga. He will be inducted on April 18, joining his father, Willis “Buster” Boshears, and uncle, Forrest E. Boshears who were installed in 2000.

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Man, 20, charged in Ferguson cop shootings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 3:04pm

CLAYTON, Mo. — Authorities say a 20-year-old man who had been out at Thursday’s protest is charged in the shootings of two St. Louis area officers.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, among other things.

McCulloch also said Williams told police he fired the shots at someone other than the police officers.

He said Williams used a 40mm handgun, which matches the shell casings at the scene.

Williams is being held at St. Louis County Jail.

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Area libraries adjust to growing digital demand

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 11:05pm

 

Sometimes the nearest library is one that fits in the palm of your hand.

At least that’s what Rus­sell Liner discovered while passing time at the doctor’s office recently.

Bored with the magazine selection, Liner, the assistant director for public services at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library system, booted up his phone and accessed Georgia Download Des­ti­nation, a subscription-based digital service available to readers free of charge.

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Georgia Regents' season ends with loss to Mount Olive in first round of Division II Tournament

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 10:58pm

 

HARROGATE, Tenn. — Georgia Regents ended its season Saturday night in the Volunteer State.

Keshun Sherrill scored a game-high 28 points, but the Jaguars fell short against No. 9 Mount Olive, 84-75, in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Mount Olive (29-3) advances to play Southeast Regional host Lincoln Memorial at 7:30 tonight.

In the other regional semifinal, Peach Belt foes Montevallo and UNC Pembroke square off at 5 p.m.

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Man says co-worker put used condom in work gloves, vandalized vehicles

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 9:52pm

A Waynesboro man says a co-worker that he stopped associating with placed a used condom in his work gloves and vandalized vehicles.

The 53-year-old truck driver told Richmond County sheriff’s officers Thursday that he believes the 43-year-old co-worker entered his work truck and placed the condom in his gloves late last month.

The driver said the co-worker is also believed to have defecated in another employee’s work truck, along with vandalizing the personal vehicles of others.

Family seeks prosecution of 2 Georgia inmates in SC slaying

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 9:51pm

More than 12 years ago, Jack Abbott Murray was burned alive, trapped in the trunk of his car.

The men suspected of putting him there – Shannon Devon Patton and Daniel Joseph Newton – have never been prosecuted for murder. Murray’s family believes it long overdue.

On Nov. 18, 2002, Murray’s body was found in the trunk of a burning car off Deep Step Road in Edgefield County. He had been beaten and bound and left to burn to death.

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Woman fired on outside Reese Avenue home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 9:47pm

Deputies say a 39-year-old Au­gusta woman was shot at while entering her home Friday.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 2400 block of Reese Avenue about 4 p.m. The woman said she had just arrived home from work when a silver Chevrolet Impala stopped in front of her home, the incident report said. The car, which had all of its windows rolled down, was occupied by four black males wearing red hooded sweatshirts.

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Opinions differ on war memorial that separates soldiers, sailors and airmen by race

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 9:42pm

GREENWOOD, S.C. — It started as a gesture to help rectify wrongs of the past, to honor men who died for a country that treated them like second-class citizens.

When Greenwood, S.C., Mayor Welborn Adams launched a fundraising campaign last summer to replace segregated bronze plaques on an uptown war memorial, he had no idea his effort would be halted by state law.

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Elections Tuesday in Richmond, Columbia counties

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 7:33pm

 

Tuesday is an election day in Columbia County and parts of Richmond County.

An Augusta Commission special election will be held in Richmond County’s District 7, while an E-SPLOST vote is set for Columbia County.

Interim Commissioner Hap Harris, Sean Frantom and Sonny Pittman are vying to complete the term of former Augusta commissioner Donnie Smith. If no candidate gets a majority of the vote, a runoff will be held Tuesday, April 14.

In the E-SPLOST vote, Columbia County residents will decide on a 1 percent sales tax for educational purposes.

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Grand Marshal Bob Cashin knows Augusta's Irish community well

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 7:21pm

 

Bob Cashin is no stranger to marching with an Irish clan.

From his earliest days, Cashin was surrounded by Irish family, friends, classmates and church members. His Irish heritage will be proudly displayed Tuesday when he leads Augusta’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade through downtown.

Cashin was named the parade’s grand marshal by the Irish-American Heritage Society of Augusta. The honor was announced last month at the annual Grand Marshal’s Ball.

Elizabeth Mulherin was named Irish Lady of the Year, and the Mike Mosner family was named Family of the Year.

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Sheriff's office filling manpower shortage

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 7:09pm

Pay raises and other departmental changes have helped fill vacant positions at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, but the roster remains below full strength.

There are 10 jailer vacancies and 16 openings on the road patrol. Though it’s not ideal, officials say, it’s better than last year when shortages stretched deputies to provide coverage to the whole county.

“We had been through a rather harried hiring process in the past,” Lt. Allan Rollins said.

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Man killed in Leland Drive shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:09pm

 

A 65-year-old man was killed in a shooting on Leland Drive on Saturday afternoon and a suspect is in custody, authorities said.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies and emergency medical workers were called to the 2600 block of Leland Drive about 2:20 p.m., dispatch said, and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound.

Karl Alan Hardge, of Augusta, had been shot once in the upper torso and was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead by Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose at 2:59 p.m.

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Bill for Todd Gurley is last passed Friday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:08am

ATLANTA – The final bill passed on Crossover Day – the deadline for bills  to remain viable this year – was a response to an autograph dealer who triggered the suspension of University of Georgia tailback Todd Gurley.

Numbered House Bill 3 to reflect Bulldog’s jersey number, the bill would make it a crime to lure college athletes into behavior that jeopardizes their eligibility under the rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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Bicyclist struck on Mike Padgett Highway

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 1:40am

A bicyclist was struck by a vehicle in the 3100 block of Mike Padgett Highway about 8 p.m. Friday.

Officials said the driver of the vehicle remained on the scene, while the cyclist was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center. The victim’s
condition was not made available.

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